Heat Projected Starting Line-Up:
PG: Mario Chalmers
SG: Dwyane Wade
SF: LeBron James
PF: Udonis Haslem
C: Chris Bosh
The series changes venues tonight as Game 3 will be held at the world famous Madison Square Garden. The Knicks could not steal a game in Miami and are hoping their home-crowd will help them get back into this series.
However, the Knicks will be without Amar’e Stoudemire in this game and the pressure now solely falls on Carmelo Anthony.
The Miami Heat got great production from its frontcourt in Game 2 as both LeBron James and Chris Bosh had prolific nights. James neared a triple-double with 19 points and Bosh put in 21 for the Heat. The team battled with the Knicks for the full four quarters, but when the team is knocking down shots like that, it is hard to beat. Bosh will play in tonight’s game despite the birth of his child, but his emotional readiness of this game is yet to be seen. As for James, he tends to play well at the Garden, so the Knicks need to be weary of a big night. As for Haslem, just like most role players, he tends to have off nights on the road. The Knicks should guard Haslem on the baseline, but other than that, he should not be too much of a threat.
Dwyane Wade led the Heat in scoring in Game 3 with 25 points and was the closer for the Heat. The Knicks had a chance to win the game in the fourth quarter, but Wade put away a chance for a comeback. Wade is another star who shines at Madison Square Garden and will no doubt enjoy playing a playoffs game in New York City. Chalmers hurt the Knicks with his three-point shooting in the previous game, so the Knicks must make sure they have hand in his face.
Keys to Victory:
1- Carmelo must play like he did in April- Carmelo Anthony played his best basketball as a member of the New York Knicks in April when he was the sole star on the team. Due to injuries, the ball was in his hand and he constantly found shots for himself or his teammates. With Stoudemire out, Anthony must return to his former state.
2- Role players need to show up- Role players usually play better with their home-crowd behind them and the Knicks need Steve Novak and J.R. Smith to have big nights tonight.